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Bethan Mitchell

MA work

LARA: The Learning Tool

10% of the UK population are dyslexic. That’s 3 children in each UK primary school classroom and each of these neurodiverse children holds a unique processing style. They are wired for a different kind of problem solving – prioritising the big picture over the small, reasoning in vivid mental simulations and making complex connections that most would miss. This processing style will become increasingly valuable as we move into an AI infused workforce, however our education system continues to value technical precision in literacy above all else with the majority of teachers having received less than a day of dyslexia training. The sad truth is in a system biased against them, our ambition for dyslexic children is that they survive, not that they thrive.

For my final project I asked: How might we enable teachers to provide holistic, individually tailored dyslexia support in class?

LARA equips primary teachers to understand the unique processing strengths of their neurodiverse pupils, creating inclusive learning experiences that help every child to thrive. Designed to be used twice weekly as a part of routine lesson planning, LARA is a fully integrated tool turning information into action and action into understanding.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Service Design, 2018

  • I am a multidisciplinary designer, specialising in Service Design, Graphic Design and Illustration. I am concerned with the needs and unique value of the individual, and by extension, the needs and value of communities. This is a strength in my work as a Service Designer, together with my aptitudes for storytelling, information synthesis and big picture thinking. My time working as a Graphic Designer gave me a love for communication, both visually and verbally and it has been a joy to develop these skills alongside my MA in Service Design to become a more complete practitioner. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, 2014
  • Experience

  • Service Design Intern, GDS, London, 2017; Junior Graphic Designer, Annoushka Jewellery, London, 2014-2016